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Factory Flow Morning Yoga

Find inner peace and creativity in this morning series focused on art, health, and imagination. Led by certified instructor Alejandra O’Connor, sessions are judgement-free for all skill levels.

Please arrive 15 minutes early. Bring a mat, towel, and water bottle.

Pay what you can / suggested donation: $10 at the door.

About the Instructor

Alejandra O’Connor began regularly practicing yoga in 2014 as a way to exercise while joining her Indonesian host family in Ramadan fasting. After Ramadan was over, she was hooked on how the movement and breath combined to allow space for stillness. She earned her 200 hour adult teaching certification from Latitude Yoga Co. in Stafford, VA in May 2017; and her Kidding Around Yoga certification in March 2018. Currently she primarily teaches children. As such, her adult classes are combination of play, dance, and quiet meditation.

Anniversary Ball

Celebrate like it’s 1919 or 1974, as the building turns 100 and the Art Center turns 45.

Enjoy light fare and drinks, a retrospective showcase, guest presenters, and live music. We’ll reminisce about the past and dream of the future. Dress to impress.

The night will feature the opening of 45: An Anniversary Exhibition in Target Gallery honoring the legacy of the founding artists of the Art Center. It will also premiere a new documentary on the history of the Art Center, directed and produced by Alexandria’s own Istrico Productions.

  • Early-bird through October 31: $60
  • Starting November 1: $75

Tickets coming soon.

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Image: Mardi Gras Ball, circa 1984.

Factory Flow Morning Yoga

Find inner peace and creativity in this morning series focused on art, health, and imagination. Led by certified instructor Alejandra O’Connor, sessions are judgement-free for all skill levels.

Please arrive 15 minutes early. Bring a mat, towel, and water bottle.

Pay what you can / suggested donation: $10 at the door.

About the Instructor

Alejandra O’Connor began regularly practicing yoga in 2014 as a way to exercise while joining her Indonesian host family in Ramadan fasting. After Ramadan was over, she was hooked on how the movement and breath combined to allow space for stillness. She earned her 200 hour adult teaching certification from Latitude Yoga Co. in Stafford, VA in May 2017; and her Kidding Around Yoga certification in March 2018. Currently she primarily teaches children. As such, her adult classes are combination of play, dance, and quiet meditation.

24th Annual Art Safari

An Alexandria tradition for almost a quarter-century, Art Safari returns for a day of hands-on activities for kids and families. Dozens of artists lead budding art enthusiasts in exciting and creative projects throughout the building.

Dress to get a little mess. Great for kids ages 5+. Younger children may need some extra help, but will still have a lot of fun!

Please RSVP

The Late Shift: Memento Mori

Second Fridays through October

The Art Center’s signature evening series features ecletic art and activities. In among three floors of open artists’ studios, find gallery receptions, stimulating artist talks, pop-up performances, hands-on projects, lively music, and more.

 

Pre-registration Requested

Factory Flow Morning Yoga

Find inner peace and creativity in this morning series focused on art, health, and imagination. Led by certified instructor Alejandra O’Connor, sessions are judgement-free for all skill levels.

Please arrive 15 minutes early. Bring a mat, towel, and water bottle.

Pay what you can / suggested donation: $10 at the door.

About the Instructor

Alejandra O’Connor began regularly practicing yoga in 2014 as a way to exercise while joining her Indonesian host family in Ramadan fasting. After Ramadan was over, she was hooked on how the movement and breath combined to allow space for stillness. She earned her 200 hour adult teaching certification from Latitude Yoga Co. in Stafford, VA in May 2017; and her Kidding Around Yoga certification in March 2018. Currently she primarily teaches children. As such, her adult classes are combination of play, dance, and quiet meditation.

Memento Mori

Opening Reception: Friday, October 11
Exhibition Juror: Laura Roulet, independent curator and writer

The Latin phrase “Memento mori” translates to “‘remember (that you have) to die.” The group exhibition explores death as a concept and its affects on our lives. Focusing on entropy/decay, ghosts and paranormal spirits, or personal experiences artists contemplate the inevitability of death and its impacts on us all.

Participating Artists

Deidre Argyle,  Springfield, MO
Brandin Barón,  San Francisco, CA
Irene Clouthier,  Oakton, VA 
Ceci Cole McInturff, Alexandria, VA 
Scott Eagle, Greenville, NC
Madaline Gardner,  Greencastle, PA
Patrick Giblin, Springfield, VA 
Tom Greaves, Washington, DC 
Kerry Hentges, Fairfax, VA 
Kym Hepworth, Springfield, GA
M.A. Kleen, Lorton, VA 
Angela Kleis, Fairfax, VA 
Scott Ludwig, Boone, NC
Robyn Moore, Wellington, KY
Julie Ann Nagle, Jersey City, NJ
Julianne Nash, Brooklyn, NY
Sebastian Perinotti, New York, NY
Aziz Raad, Montgomery Village, MD
Jon-Joseph Russo, Washington, DC 
Claire Schmalzried, Dallas, TX
Robert Schultz, Salem, VA 
Henrik Sundqvist, Arlington, VA
Adam Swart, Montclair, NJ
Caterina Tedeschini, Rome, Italy
David Terrar, Gaithersburg, MD
Kristine Thompson, Baton Rouge, LA
MJ Tyson, Hoboken, NJ
Patrick Vincent, Nashville, TN

About the Juror

Laura Roulet is an independent curator and writer, specializing in contemporary and Latin American art. She was one of five international curators chosen for the citywide public art project, 5 x 5, a major initiative sponsored by the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities in 2012. She has organized exhibitions in Mexico, Puerto Rico and the U.S. including at the OAS Art Museum of the Americas, American University Museum, Mexican Cultural Institute, Hillyer Art Space, WPA, Arlington Arts Center, and the DC Art Center.

Recent exhibits and programming include Ian Jehle: Dynamical Systems (Katzen Center), Brian Reed: In the Crosscurrent (Huntington Museum of Art, WV), A Dark and Scandalous Rockfall (Mexican Cultural Institute), Foon Sham: Escape (Katzen Center), Come Back to Rockville! a participatory, public art project for VisArts (Rockville, MD), the National
Drawing Invitational (Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR), and Medios y ambientes in Mexico City. She was a mentoring curator for DCAC and the first mentoring curator for VisArts in Rockville, MD in 2015.

Roulet is a frequent contributor to Sculpture magazine. Her other publications include many catalogue essays, encyclopedia entries, articles in American Art, Art Journal, Art Nexus, and the book Contemporary Puerto Rican Installation Art, the Guagua Aerea, the Trojan Horse and the Termite. She worked on the Ana Mendieta retrospective, organized by the Hirshhorn
Museum in 2004, and contributed to that catalogue.

Image credit: Patrick Vincent. Other People’s Monuments, 2017. Stone lithograph.

About Target Gallery

Target Gallery is the contemporary exhibition space for the Torpedo Factory Art Center. The gallery promotes high standards of art by continuously exploring new ideas through a variety of visual media in a rotating schedule of exhibitions. The gallery is open daily from 10 – 6 pm and until 9 pm on Thursdays. More information is available via torpedofactory.org/target.

2nd Annual Beer & Wine Torpedo Garden

A trip to the King Street Art Festival isn’t complete without a visit to the Art Center. Enjoy a glass of craft beer or wine while exploring all three floors of artists’ studios. Meet the artists and find original art created on-site. Recharge and refresh with exhibitions, games, and music.

Thanks to our vendors: Port City Brewing, Sonoma Cellar, LostBoy Cider, and America’s Favorite Gourmet Popcorn.

 

 

 

 


Saturday

Sunday

  • Studio 3: Vita Sims
    Activity: Stencil paintings
  • Studio 4: Tsolmon Damba
    Demonstration: Contemporary Mongolian painting
  • Studio 16: Lisa Schumaier
    Activity: Button making
  • Studio 224: Rosemary Covey
    Demonstration: Woodblock printing without a press
  • Studio 229: Natalie Abrams
    Demonstration: Mold Making
  • Studio 313: Christine Cardellino
    Demonstration: Transferring photographic images into a painting
  • Studio 325: Patrick Sargent in Printmakers, Inc.
    Demonstration: Silkscreen printmaking
  • Studio 337: Guy Jones
    Activity: Drawing with Imagination—Draw a line and Guy takes it from there

 

Photo by Matthieu Joannon on Unsplash

2nd Annual Beer & Wine Torpedo Garden

A trip to the King Street Art Festival isn’t complete without a visit to the Art Center. Enjoy a glass of craft beer or wine while exploring all three floors of artists’ studios. Meet the artists and find original art created on-site. Recharge and refresh with exhibitions, games, and music.

Thanks to our vendors: Port City Brewing, Sonoma Cellar, LostBoy Cider, and America’s Favorite Gourmet Popcorn.

 

 

 

 


Saturday

Sunday

  • Studio 3: Vita Sims
    Activity: Stencil paintings
  • Studio 4: Tsolmon Damba
    Demonstration: Contemporary Mongolian painting
  • Studio 16: Lisa Schumaier
    Activity: Button making
  • Studio 224: Rosemary Covey
    Demonstration: Woodblock printing without a press
  • Studio 229: Natalie Abrams
    Demonstration: Mold Making
  • Studio 313: Christine Cardellino
    Demonstration: Transferring photographic images into a painting
  • Studio 325: Patrick Sargent in Printmakers, Inc.
    Demonstration: Silkscreen printmaking
  • Studio 337: Guy Jones
    Activity: Drawing with Imagination—Draw a line and Guy takes it from there

 

Photo by Matthieu Joannon on Unsplash

Post-Grad Artist Talk: Kim Sandara

As her three-month post-grad residency comes to a close, Kim Sandara talks with moderator Leslie Mounaime, Curator of Exhibitions at the Torpedo Factory Art Center, about her experiences during her time at the Torpedo Factory. Hear her speak about how her residency inspired her work and process, what she’s done during her time, and what she will be doing next.

Join us in the main hall of the Art Center for her talk and then a mingle in the Post-Grad studio #319 after the talk is over.

RSVP on Eventbrite

About Kim

Kim Sandara is a queer, Laotian/Vietnamese, artist based in Northern Virginia. In 2016, she graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art, with a BFA in General Fine Arts. Accessibility to art is a key part of her creative process. Her overall focus is to encourage empathy, wonder, self-reflection, and connection. During the residency, she will continue documenting her coming out story. She will create a stop-motion animation promoting her graphic novel aimed at helping parents of color to understand and accept their queer children. She hopes contribute proceeds from sales to National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance and True Colors Fund.

Kim has worked at the Hirshhorn Gallery and the Phillips Collection, observing how art is presented and digested by its audience. She is presently a guide at Glenstone Museum’s Emerging Professionals Program, where she facilitates discussions about contemporary art. She has shown work at 7Drum City, Uptown Arthouse, SAMASAMA, Womxn Fuck Shit Up, and Arts x Action.